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was an engineer. Mrs. Gisborne had been a friend of my father in her younger days. She was a lady of great accomplishments, and charming from her frank and affectionate nature. She had the most intense love of knowledge, a delicate and trembling sensibility, and preserved freshness of mind after a life of considerable adversity. As a favorite friend of my father we had sought her with eagerness, and the most open and cordial friendship was established between us."
Shelley (from Leghorn) to Peacock, June 5, 1818 : "We have made some acquaintance with a very amiable and accomplished lady, Mrs. Gisborne, who is the sole attraction in this most unattractive of cities. We had no idea of spending a month here, but she has made it even agreeable." Mrs. Shelley, Essays and Letters, ii. 123.
Shelley (from Leghorn) to Peacock, August 22, 1819: "Mrs. Gisborne is a sufficiently amiable and very accomplished woman; [she is dŋμokρatin and αθεη — how far she may be φιλανθρωπη I don't know, for] she is the antipodes of enthusiasm." Peacock, Works, iii. 464. Forman (Prose Works of Shelley, iv. 117) gives the bracketed lines.
Shelley (from Leghorn) to Peacock, July 12, 1820: "We are just now occupying the Gisbornes' house at Leghorn, and I have turned Mr. Reveley's workshop into my study. The Libecchio here howls like a chorus of fiends all day, and the weather is just pleasant, — not at all hot, the days being very misty, and the nights divinely serene." Peacock, Works, iii. 469. See also Memoir.
TEXT: Date, June, 1820, transcript.
13 must 18391,2.
24 Titans transcript.
27 philosophic 18391,2; councils 1824, 18391,2.
29 to . salvation omit 18391.
36 With fishes 18392.
38 seldom 18391,2.
50 wood; Forman, Dowden. The transcript, and
all other editions have a comma, which, as the
sense is quite as good, need not be disturbed.
TEXT: 55 there be omit, transcript.
56 this the transcript.
57 wind transcript.
61 lava-cry, 1824, 18391,
63 towns 18391,2.
68 In || I transcript.
74 I omit transcript.
75 boat-transcript, 1824, 18391,2; boat:-
79 Lie | See transcript.
84 green 18391,2.
92 old hooks Rossetti; old books 18392.
93 A || An 1824.
100 them 18391,2.
101 least 18391,2.
107 devilish || self-impelling transcript.
129 hear transcript.
140 know 18391,2.
144 acting 18391,2.
151 Treats 18391,2.
153 it well 18391,2.
158 believe; or 18391,2. The construction is imperfect in grammar, but the three verbs "blame," "anatomize," and " guess are apparently coördinate and simply describe the "shroud of talk."
244 age 18391,2.
245 a 18391,2.
250 H. S. 1824, 18391.
265 besides, transcript.
276 who 18391,2.
288 a 18391,2.
18391; Hunt and
1824; H— and 18392. Forman conjectures that originally Horace Smith and Hunt only were meant, and that the names varied in different versions. The text is settled by the MSS., and the arrangement of blanks above by Mrs. Shelley affords very slight ground to suspect it.
299, 300 omit 1824, 18391.
313 "Iμepos, from which the river Himera was named, is, with some slight shade of differ
ence, a synonym of Love." Shelley's Note.
318 spite of . 18392.
MS. Boscombe. Transcript, Hunt.
309 Ode to Naples. Miss Clairmont's Diary, July 16, 1820: "Report of the Revolution at Naples. The people assembled round the palace [July 2] demanding a constitution; the king ordered his troops to fire and disperse the crowd; they refused, and he has now promised a Constitution. The head of them is the Duke of Campo Chiaro. This is glorious, and is produced by the Revolution in Spain." Dowden, ii. 342.
Shelley (from the Baths of San Giuliano) to Mrs. Shelley, July 23, 1820: "There is bad news from Palermo. The soldiers resisted the people, and a terrible slaughter, amounting, it is said, to four thousand men, ensued. The event, however, was as it should be. Sicily, like Naples, is free. By the brief and partial accounts of the Florence papers it
appears that the enthusiasm of the inhabitants was prodigious, and that the women fought from the houses, raining down boiling oil on the assailants." Dowden, ii. 342, 343.
Shelley (from the Baths of San Giuliano) to Mrs. Shelley, September 1, 1820: "At Naples the constitutional party have declared to the Austrian minister that, if the Emperor should make war upon them, their first action would be to put to death all the members of the royal family - a necessary and most just measure, when the forces of the combatants, as well as the merits of their respective causes, are so unequal." Dowden, ii. 343.
[The Ode was written between August 17 and 25, according to the entry in Mrs. Shelley's Journal.]
Shelley (from Pisa) to Ollier, February 16, 1821 : "I send you three poems-Ode to Naples, a sonnet and Epipsychidion." Shelley Memorials, p. 152.
Medwin, Life, ii. 28: "Shelley felt deeply the resubjugation of Naples, and used to inveigh against Moore's lines, beginning 'Yes, down to the dust with them, slaves as they are,' suggested by a failure which he deemed ignominious; and Shelley said that they were written in a spirit unworthy of himself and an Irishman, and whether merited or not were cruel and ungenerous."
TEXT: Shelley's Notes, Introductory: "The author has connected many recollections of his visit to Pompeii and Baie with the enthusiasm excited by the intelligence of the proclamation of a Constitutional Government at Naples. This has given a tinge of picturesque and descriptive imagery to the introductory Epodes which depicture these scenes, and some of the majestic feelings permanently connected with the scene of the animating event.
39 Homer and Virgil.
104 Eæa, the island of Circe.
112 The viper was the armorial device of the Visconti, tyrants of Milan."
Rossetti revises the designation of the divisions of the Ode.
317 Liberty, TEXT: i. 4 zone 1824, 18391,2.
318 Summer and Winter, TEXT: 11 do die 1829. Transcript, in Mrs. Shelley's hand, Frederickson.
319 The Tower of Famine, TEXT: 7 For || With 1829. Transscript, in Mrs. Shelley's hand, Frederickson.
320 An Allegory, TEXT: ii. 1 passed 18391,2.
320 The World's Wanderers. Forman conjectures that the poem lacks a stanza.
321 Sonnet. Signed ≥ in The Literary Pocket-Book. TEXT: 1 dead 1824, 18391,2.
5 anticipation 1824, 18391,2.
7 mayest 18391,2, mayst Rossetti.
wouldst 18392, Rossetti, Forman.
The Harvard MS. followed by Hunt and Mrs.
322 Lines to a Reviewer. Signed in The Literary Pocket-Book. TEXT: 2 an 1824.
3 where 1824, 18391,2, Rossetti.
323 Time Long Past. From the Stacey MS. One of the three poems written by Shelley in the copy of Hunt's Literary Pocket-Book given by him to Miss Stacey, December 29, 1820.
324 Buona Notte, Medwin, Life, ii. 178, 179: "I often asked Shelley if he had never attempted to write, like Matthias, in Italian, and he showed me a sort of serenade which I give as a curiosity, but proving that he had not made a profound study of the language, which, like Spanish, he had acquired without a grammar, trusting to his fine ear and memory, rather than to rules." [Printed by Medwin in The Angler in Wales, i. 277, without comment.]
TEXT: i. 2 sarà || sia 1834, 1847.
4 buona || bene 1834.
iii. 1 Come Quanto 1834.